National Gallery of Australia launches new contemporary art space - Art Collector

Dale Frank, I am a genius, 2013. Polyurethane with dues and pigment on canvas, 236.5 x 316.5cm. Courtesy: the artist and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) has opened a new contemporary art space.

Located on the foreshore of Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin, NGA Contemporary is an initiative that showcases the national collection of Australian contemporary art.

The new gallery space aims to create a unique and nationally significant destination for locals and visitors. The space also signals NGA’s preparation for further expansion of the original gallery.

NGA Director Ron Radford, who steps down as director at the end of the month, says “our vision has been to develop a contemporary art space so that all Australians can see more of this superb collection ahead of expansion plans of Stage 2 for the existing building in Parkes Place.”

The inaugural exhibition will explore the breadth of Australian contemporary art over the last 14 years, with artists whose work will be on display including Bill Henson, Kathy Temin, Ron Mueck, Patricia Piccinini, Peter Booth and Dale Frank.

NGA Contemporary is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.

Emily Cones-Browne

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